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How Jazz Blossomed in Hopper’s Garden

by Ray Wright

Over 30 years ago, I became a director of the Edward Hopper House Art Center.  As a life long fan of music, especially jazz, I suggested that we have concerts in the garden.

I asked Bert Hughes to work with me as co-chair.  He was a musician and the director of music at Nyack High school. Bert selected and scheduled the musicians and I raised money.  Bill Sayles did the brochures and flyers.  Everyone else pitched in distributing the flyers and working on the day of the concert.

RW_Hopper House_Burt Hughes

Bert Hughes

I sent personal letters to all the surrounding neighbors to win their approval for the outdoor evening concert series. Our first concert was the Nyack High School Jazz Band. Bob Lewis and The Nyack Rotary helped fix up the backyard and also contributed some brick work that is still there today.

Music in the Garden 2013

  • July 11: Scott Reeves
  • July 18: Erik Lawrence and Friends
  • July 25: Mike Holober & Balancing Act
  • August 1: Matt Haviland Quintet
RW_Hopper House_Lynn Stein

Lynn Stein

Performances begin at 7:30p. Refreshments are available prior to the concert and during intermission.  Your are advised to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

In the event of rain, performances will be held at  Grace Church, 130  First Avenue, Nyack, NY.


For more information visit Edward Hopper House Art Center

Ray Wright was the official photographer for Wright Brothers Real Estate, an agency that his father and uncle founded and that he ran for 40 years.  Ray’s photos are available for sale at Bee Alive, 19 North Broadway, Nyack, NY.

Photo credit: Ray Wright

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